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Take Five With Chris Bell

Take Five With Chris Bell
By Published: December 5, 2010
Meet Chris Bell:

Guitarist, performer, educator, based in Austin, Texas.

Instrument(s):

Guitar.

Teachers and/or influences? Richie Hart, Grant Green
Grant Green
Grant Green
1935 - 1979
guitar
, Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
, B.B. King
B.B. King
B.B. King
b.1925
guitar, electric
.

Your sound and approach to music: I'm far more interested in playing jazz on the guitar than I am in playing jazz guitar.

Your teaching approach: I'm really trying to help my students hear what they play. To my ears, there are just too many players out there playing finger music.

Your dream band:

Wow.. that's a tough one. Let's see... how about Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad
b.1939
drums
on drums and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
b.1942
organ, Hammond B3
on B3. That would be a pretty steady rhythm section.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Kind of Blue.

CDs you are listening to now:

Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint
b.1938
piano
, The Bright Mississippi;

Horace Parlan
Horace Parlan
Horace Parlan
b.1931
piano
, Up and Down;

Group 15, Plays Monk;

Don Wilkerson
Don Wilkerson
1932 - 1986
sax, tenor
, The Complete Blue Note Sessions;

Doctor John
Doctor John
b.1940
, Afterglow

Desert Island picks:

Oscar Peterson, We Get Requests;

Hank Mobley, Soul Station;

Herbie Hancock, Takin' Off;

Grant Green, The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark;

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz-Gilberto.


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